Thursday, September 30, 2010

I Heart Fall, and Some Catching Up

Through a tearful goodbye to Summer, I welcome Fall with arms wide open!

There are a few things I really love about Fall. Last week, I showed everyone the fun crafts I had been working on. I'll share a secret. I do them by myself first to see if the kids are going to like it or be able to do it. Over the weekend, the kids did their twine balls. Let me tell you, three kids + glue + balloons = fun, messy times! I wish I had gotten a few pics of the process, but you'll have to settle for the end result!

We also made a scarecrow. This is something I've wanted to do with them for a long time, but for one reason or another, we never did. I've never seen 3 kids have so much fun stuffing an old pair of pants and a sweatshirt with straw! The kids couldn't decide on a face, so we picked up a mask at the dollar store. Then we took all the leftover straw a made a big pile on the porch. It was such a fun afternoon!

The oddest part about this is the neighbor's dog. He is terrified of it! Sunday morning, he stood about 10 feet away and barked...and barked....and barked. I swear I saw my dog chuckling at him.

Here's an oldie but goodie. Who doesn't like ghost suckers? And how easy they are!
Sucker (the big ones, like Tootsie Pops or Blow Pops)

Place middle of tissue over sucker. Twist once and tie with ribbon. Add face. Done! Thing 4 and I made up a whole bunch of these. Sometimes, it's the littlest things that amuse them!

Another great thing about fall is the cooking. It seems like that's kind of our jump start to the holiday season. Almost a "warm up" for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I made some Caramel Apple Jam (recipe to come later) which really got me hooked on a caramel kick. So what do you do??? Make Caramel Popcorn!!

Now, for the catch up segment...
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Cranberry Morning said...

You are really into Fall!! :-) I'm getting there, for our trees are starting to turn the gorgeous reds, golds, and oranges, making up the beautiful landscape for which Wisconsin is so famous! (along with cheese and the Packers, that is).

Enjoy the season. It seems to be pretty short.

Lana said...

Thanks so much! Your gift reminds me that I received a couple of these a few weeks ago when harvest hit, and I don't think I ever recognized them! I'm gonna have to go back and do some digging.

Oh! FYI: Keep an eye on your straw by your house as this cold snap comes through this weekend. That straw might look like the Hilton for "a few" cold rodents and their friends! (Just sayin' as a tip from a country girl) ;-)

Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

Such fun ideas! I am following you from the Sunday Strolling blog hop :)

Ron Cooper said...

Happy favorite time of year!